The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the most popular VWs of all time. It was the German carmaker's bestseller in the Philippines back in 2016, when 679 units were rolled out from dealerships. So it's easy to see why the reveal of the seventh-generation Jetta at this year's North American International Auto Show is a pretty big deal.
The new compact sedan is based on VW's MQB platform, which promises "more dynamic proportions, a more progressive design, improved interior space, efficiency gains, assistance systems that are interconnected more than ever" as well as a mostly digital interior in the top variants.
On the outside, it's a little bit bigger all around: It's 43mm longer, 21mm wider, and 6mm taller than its predecessor. For context, VW says that the new dimensions bring it closer to those of the Euro-spec Passat. And yes, that means it's now roomier inside. LED headlights come standard across the range.
The interior features a 10.2-inch digital cockpit and all the usual in-car connectivity functions. As a plus, the top variants get a 400-watt sound system from Beats by Dre. A tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof comes with the top variants. A new ambient lighting system is also onboard. If you take a closer look, you'll notice that the controls are separated by a strip that runs through the middle and flows into the doors. This, Volkswagen says, is part of the car's future-based user interface philosophy.
Powering the all-new Jetta is a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline mill with 148hp and 250Nm on tap, mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. It'll be available in Mexico and the US within the year. Hopefully, it won't take long before it makes its way here.